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metaphoricaladjective

uk   /ˌmet.əˈfɒr.ɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌmet̬.əˈfɑːr-/ (also metaphoric )
Metaphorical ​languagecontainsmetaphors: Her second ​novel is written in a very metaphorical ​style. not having ​realexistence but ​representing some ​truth about a ​situation or other ​subject: A metaphorical ​ocean (= ​extremelylargearea of ​disagreement)lies between the two ​groups. There is a ​danger that America's metaphoric "​war on ​drugs" may ​turn into a ​bloodyreality.
metaphorically
adverb uk   us   /-kəl.i/
The phrase "​born again" is used metaphorically to ​mean that someone has ​acceptedJesus as ​God and ​become a ​Christian. By ​leavingschool without any ​qualifications, she has, metaphorically speaking, ​shot herself in the ​foot (= ​harmed her ​chances of ​success).
(Definition of metaphorical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “metaphorical”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使用隐喻的, 比喻性的,比喻意义上的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使用隱喻的, 比喻性的,比喻意義上的…
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